LNGE11028 - Basic Italian

General Information

Unit Synopsis

In this unit, you will be developing vocabulary in the Italian language, alongside basic conversational skills, through various mediums, including film, television and song. Using enquiry-based learning, you will develop Italian vocabulary and grammar, through the use of IPA (International Phonetic Alphabet). This unit will encourage you to become independent reflective learners, thereby increasing your own cultural and linguistic competence. By the end of the unit, you will be able to hold a basic conversation in Italian and translate basic phrases into both idiomatic Italian and IPA. This unit is especially useful if you are a student studying classical voice as you are often required to sing in the Italian language, or if you have a general interest in learning Italian for personal interest.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 1
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 1
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites There are no pre-requisites for the unit.

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

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Residential School No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2023

There are no availabilities for this unit on or after Term 2 - 2023

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. In-class Test(s) 60%
2. Practical Assessment 40%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%).

Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2021 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.8 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 56.25% response rate.

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Source: In class
A desire for more classes
If the timetabling allows, add in a second class, or break the current class in two with one class having a grammatical and written focus, and the other a conversation focus.
Action Taken
The unit was split across two classes, which was a successful approach and students benefited from focused sessions across the written and spoken language.
Source: In class
A request for an intermediate class
As this unit will not be continuing from 2022 as part of CQU Renew, this request can not be accommodated at this time.
Action Taken
There is a continued request for a subsequent unit to follow on from this one, but it is not possible to fit into the CQU Renew structure.
Source: In Class
A desire for further units to continue on in both Italian and a beginner unit for other languages eg. German
This unit will become archived in the hopes that one day it can be revived and built upon to accommodate these requests.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Apply basic Italian grammar and vocabulary in a range of written and spoken activities
  2. Transcribe an Italian text into its phonetic language and vice versa
  3. Conduct a short conversation in Italian.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - In-class Test(s)
2 - Practical Assessment
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
1 - In-class Test(s)
2 - Practical Assessment